Arsenal look all set to sign Portuguese sensation, Fabio Vieira from Portuguese side, Porto. Despite sharing a surname with legendary Arsenal captain and current Crystal Palace manager, Patrick Vieira, the Porto midfielder has been likened to another ex-Arsenal player and current Manchester City star.
Since Arsene Wenger’s time at the club, the North London side have been associated with elegant and technically gifted players and Mikel Arteta seems to be attempting to recreate that with his newest recruit. He’s been compared to Arteta’s former teammate Santi Cazorla by a few Arsenal fans.
Here’s a tweet sharing that sentiment:
One thing I like about Fabio Vieira, he’s a Santiago Cazorla type player in skills but a lil different with physicality. Let see how it gonna goes.
— J💫 (@JazsenA) June 16, 2022
However, there have been greater comparisons to Manchester City and fellow compatriot, Bernardo Silva. Arteta had worked with Silva as an assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and he seems to be looking for players that represent his own ideas and match those of Arsenal football club.
Here are a few tweets that suggest why Vieira could be Arsenal’s answer to Bernardo Silva:
Arsenal getting their own Bernardo Silva.
Fabio Vieira is a technical midfielder. Here we go gunners. pic.twitter.com/1zEtojuNiw
— Ombeva Joseh (OJ) (@Ombeva_Joseh) June 16, 2022
Portugal have somehow produced a bunch of players who all resemble Bernardo Silva in the way they move with the ball (dancing feet, neat dribbles) but also work hard off it (pressing, aggression).
Fábio Vieira is one of those. https://t.co/zEUnfx1AyB
— Sam Tighe – Ranks FC Podcast (@stighefootball) June 16, 2022
Fabio Vieira is a similar player to Bernardo Silva. So good with the ball at his feet in tight areas and can create something out of nothing. Hyped to be the next big thing in Portugal. Fair play to Arsenal for keeping this one under the radar and getting it done.
— GoonerViews (@GoonerViews) June 16, 2022
Few Arsenal fans would have known much about Fábio Vieira before yesterday, yet today he's just like Bernardo Silva.
Never change Arsenal Twitter.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 17, 2022
Could Fabio Vieira be the next Bernardo Silva?
Like Silva, Vieira seems adaptable enough to play in a more advanced midfield position, deeper midfield role or in the wider areas. He also seems to have an excellent first touch, an ability to retain the ball under pressure and progress the ball through dribbling or carrying the ball. He also seems to have a final pass on him, which will help the team create more goals.
Vieira will join for a reported sum of £34.2m, which isn’t a lot considering the highly-inflated market today. He’s only 22 years old and has a long way to go but this does look like great business from Arsenal. He’ll not be under pressure because of a big fee and while the comparisons to other top players like Bernardo Silva and Santi Cazorla aren’t likely to stop, he’ll back himself to be his own man.